10 Things to Do in KL When It Rains
KL’s indoor activities
Lying north of the equator, Malaysia’s weather stays hot and humid throughout the year, but it does experience some seasonal rainfall. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, has two rainy periods: from October to November and April to May.
If it rains in ‘The Garden City of Lights’ when you are visiting, we recommend you enjoy the many indoor activities KL has to offer. Our favourite is staying dry inside the malls in the Golden Triangle area, KL’s main retail and nightlife belt. But shopping is not all the city has to offer: we’ve included our list of 10 great things to do in KL when it rains, from enclosed theme parks and spas to quirky science galleries and laser tag
1Bukit Bintang shopping & entertainment Jalan Bukit Bintang
Like New York’s Manhattan’s Times Square and Saks Fifth Avenue, Bukit Bintang is KL’s haute couture shopping Mecca. Keeping the city’s fashionistas looking good, Pavilion KL – a 1.37 million-sqft white marble complex with a mix of covered and outdoor shopping zones – is a must-visit in the city’s mallscape.
Within walking distance of Pavilion are several popular malls such as Starhill Gallery, Sephora and Lot 10. The brands found here can be a little pricey, but during the 1Malaysia year-end sales you can get discounts of up to 30-70% off.
2Spend the day at KLCC KLCC
- Open: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
The Bukit Bintang-KLCC Pedestrian Walkway (an overhead bridge that connects Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC) makes it super easy for you to explore KL’s shopping scene. After walking around the Bukit Bintang area, you can take a 15-minute walk along the bridge to Suria KLCC, a mall with a wide variety of local and international brands.
But that’s not all you can do here: a visit to Petrosains in Suria KLCC comes highly recommended – it’s a hands-on interactive science discovery centre has a collection of everything from space-age exhibits to fossils. Also inside Suria KLCC is Aquaria KLCC, an oceanarium with over 150 species of marine life.
3JoJoBa Spa @ Berjaya Times Square Berjaya Time Square
- Open: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: Jalan Ampang, Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur city centre, 50088
No grey day in KL would be complete without time spent in a spa. There is a concentration of them along Jalan Bukit Bintang (south of Bukit Bintang Plaza), where you can have a reasonably-priced full body massage or even try out foot reflexology.
If you are the adventurous sort, try a ticklish 30-minute fish spa: immerse your feet in an aquarium and tiny fish (called garra rufa or ‘doctor fish’) lightly nibble off the dead skin on your feet.
4Berjaya Times Square Theme Park Berjaya Time Square
- Open: 11:00 – 24:00
- Address: 15th Floor, East Wing Tower, Berjaya Times Square, 1 Jalan Bukit Bintang
- Telephone: +603 2166 0970
Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia. Located within Berjaya Times Square Hotel, one of the biggest shopping malls in the country, the expansive amusement park is located on the fifth floor and is designed for both adults and children with two zones.
5Sunway Pyramid Ice Sunway Pyramid
- Open: 12:00 – 22:00 Monday-Friday; 11:00 – 22:00 Saturday, Sunday, eve of public holidays, public holidays and school holidays
- Address: Berjaya Times Square shopping mall
If you are a derby girl/boy at heart, then you will love Sunway Pyramid Ice at Sunway Pyramid shopping mall. Lace up your ice skates to the sounds that the DJ spins, but do not be surprised if you hear the latest top 40 hits instead of ABBA. The bright lights and pop music makes this one of the better ways to spend a rainy afternoon in KL, especially if you get a big group together.
6Cooking Classes StarHills Gallery
- Open: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: LG3 Sunway Pyramid, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya
- Telephone: +603 7492 6800
So you have tasted Malaysian cuisine, you thoroughly enjoyed it and now you are thinking “could I do that?” So why not cultivate your cooking skills on a rainy day in KL and treat yourself to a few hours of cooking lessons?
Choose from a variety of classes (including hands-on cooking or teens-in-the-kitchen classes). Under the guidance of a local chef you will learn to cook authentic Malaysian food, Thai dishes, gourmet Asian favourites and even sweet treats like cupcakes and butter cookies. Taking place inside a real Malaysian home, Master Chef-wannabes will be glad to know that the dishes you learn here can easily be recreated when you are back home. Read More...
- Address: Starhill Culinary Studio, Muse Level, Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
- Telephone: +603 2782 3810
With a whole host of museums to pick from, those looking for culture in KL will be spoilt for choice. There are small crafts centres available like the KL Kraf Centre (where you will get to see artists at work) and the KL City Gallery, plus KL also has an art gallery.
Highly recommended is a trip to the National Planetarium, which is dedicated entirely to space science, or a visit to the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM), which has Southeast Asia's largest collection of Islamic Art.
By far the best of KL’s museums is the National Museum, which is divided into four galleries with collections showing Malaysia’s cultural and historical heritage. Read More...
8Bowling Cosmic Bowl, Mid Valley Megamall
- Open: 10:00 – 17:00 Tuesday – Sunday
- Address: Lot 54, Jalan Perdana
- Telephone: +603 2273 7277
One of the most fun things to do when it rains, bowling is a cheap, competitive inside activity. There are so many bowling alleys in KL: right off the bat, KL-ites will point you in the direction of Mid Valley for the city’s most popular bowling alley.
This bowling centre, Cosmic Bowl, is a glow-in-the-dark version, with everything from the lanes to the pins aglow and it is very much recommended. It gets pretty crowded at weekends, so arrive early to book a lane for you and your buddies.
9Laser Tag Mid Valley
- Open: 10:00 – 01:00 Sunday – Thursday; 10:00 – 02:00 Friday & Saturday
- Address: Cosmic Bowl T003, 3rd Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur
- Telephone: +603 2287 8280
This non-contact sport takes the traditional game of tag to a whole new level. First off, you are fitted with an infrared-emitting targeting gun and then you pick either a one-on-one interaction or siege-style battles (like capture the flag) from several options.
If you are ‘shot’ during one of the ten-minute rounds, you are incapacitated (unable to shoot) for seven seconds – all you can do is run around hoping to avoid your fellow laser taggers’ shots. The game is pretty similar to paintball (minus the flying paint pellets), but hey, can anyone say this is not way cooler?
10Archery Star Archery, Sunway Pyramid
- Open: 10:00 – 22:00 Sunday to Thursday; 10:00 – 24:00 Friday, Saturday and eve of public holidays
- Address: T-012A, third Floor, North Court, Mid Valley Megamall, KL
- Telephone: +603 2283 2999
Fancy pretending to be Hawkeye from The Avengers for a bit? Then a trip to the archery range is in the cards for you. A good way to have good fun when it rains, this place gives you the opportunity to notch a bow (aim and hope you hit the bull’s eye!) in air-conditioned comfort.
The brightly lit space looks like a video game centre and there are plenty of attendants on hand to give you quick lessons on the basics of archery. A good way to build mental focus, all in all it is a pretty good way to fulfil your Robin Hood–like fantasies – even if it only for a couple of hours.
- Open: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: F1.25-26, Sunway Pyramid, (Next to Pyramid Bowling Centre), No. 3 Jalan PJS11/15, 46150, Bandar Sunway, PJ
- Telephone: +603 5621 1302